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The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy their favourite activity whilst in Windsor Castle - see the pictures

The royals will stay there until after Easter

Andrea Caamano

The Queen and Prince Philip are currently spending some quality time together in Windsor Castle ahead of the Easter holidays, so it's no surprise that whilst there they have taken part in their favourite pastime, horse riding, and carriage driving.

The monarch, 92, and Prince Philip, 96, haven't let the bad weather dampen their spirits, and on Monday they were both pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty, wearing a navy blue trench coat and wrapping her hair with a silk scarf, enjoyed a tranquil stroll on her beloved black Fell pony with head groom Terry Penury, whilst Prince Philip toured the grounds of the castle alongside two female drivers.

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The Prince, who recently gave up his driving license, was dressed casually in a khaki hunting jacket, flat cap and gloves as he took the reins for the ride led by two Fell ponies. The royal protected his legs from the drizzle by covering them up with a waterproof blanket

The Queen was making the most of her downtime before hosting a lavish dinner for 23 guests on Monday night. The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public duties in 2017, was not present but Her Majesty was joined by Prince Andrew. Guests of honour included the High Commissioner for Rwanda and Canada and the Ambassador of Ireland. Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani was also present, as was her private secretary Edward Young and his spouse.

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Other guests included Lord and Lady Hall, Sir Alan and Lady Moses, Sir John and Lady Spurling, Dr and Mrs Edmund Newell, Mr and Mrs Robin Budenberg and Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire. It's not surprising that Her Majesty had the Duke of York on hand to help entertain the guests. Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's father lives just three miles south of Windsor Castle at the Royal Lodge.

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